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Man flagged down by hitch-hikers ends up being hijacked

The man picked up the two men in the early hours of this morning.

Image: Shutterstock/Dmitriy Eremenkov

POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING the attempted hijacking of a car in Banbridge County Down in the early hours of this morning.

At around midnight a male motorist was flagged down by two male pedestrians in the Peggys Loaning area of Banbridge.

The driver pulled over and the believed hitch-hikers asked the driver to take them into Banbridge town centre which the driver agreed to do.

Passengers became aggressive 

Once inside the car, however, the two males became threatening and aggressive and demanded that the driver take them to Hilltown. The driver took them to Hilltown where an attempt was then made to take the car from him at Rathfriland Road.

Passers-by in the area saw what was happening and came to the driver’s assistance.

The two men made off across nearby fields. The driver was not physically injured during the incident but he was left badly shaken.

Detective Inspector David Henderson has appealed to anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Newry on 101 quoting reference 31250715 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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